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  • Is Israel exporting Orthodox bias to all Jews?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 18, 2016 | 3:11 am

    Facts first, preferably without spin: the government of Israel has decided to allocate funds for strengthening Jewish identity in world Jewish communities. The decision is not new – it was made in 2014 – but it took some time, hand wringing, and deliberations to get to the...

  • Jim Joseph Foundation awards $17.4M for camps, other Jewish ed

    June 16, 2016 | 12:07 pm

    The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded more than $17.4 million in new grants, primarily for Jewish education in the United States.

    The Foundation for Jewish Camp, or FJC, Repair the World and a new umbrella group for North American Jewish day schools across the...

  • Covenant Awards recognize Jewish ed leaders in disabilities, music and alternative Talmud study

    June 6, 2016 | 2:03 pm

    The founder and head of a Manhattan day school for children with disabilities, a New York-based Jewish music educator and the founder and head of a “traditionally radical yeshiva” in Chicago are the three recipients of the 2016 Covenant Awards for excellence in Jewish education.

  • Jewish education for a two-figure tuition

    By Jared Sichel

    April 6, 2016 | 2:48 pm

    Late one recent afternoon in Beverlywood, a first-grader named Ben was learning about the story of the golden calf. Not happy about what he was hearing, Ben asked his teacher, incredulously: “They made a new god?!”

    Across the hall, eight fourth-graders were learning the Purim...

  • British Chief Rabbi supports teaching Islam in Jewish schools

    December 17, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis recommended that Jewish schools teach Islam.

    In an interview with the London-based Jewish Chronicle published Wednesday, Mirvis’s spokesperson said that teaching Islam will give children the opportunity to learn about a “poorly understood”...

  • Darko Academy finds a home

    October 6, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    On a recent afternoon, a half-dozen or so school-age children were working together with adults to unload chairs, tables, boxes of pens and papers, board games, globes and books — lots of books — from a moving truck. The items — and the children — had arrived at the new home of...

  • Program aims to improve Hebrew education by focusing on teachers

    October 6, 2015 | 12:15 pm

    For years, many graduates of Jewish day schools around the world — and their parents — have expressed disappointment in their level of Hebrew proficiency despite years of Jewish education. 

    To help solve that problem — and in the process afford Hebrew educators the same respect...

  • Why Jewish educators need to teach the Palestinian perspective

    September 28, 2015 | 8:49 am

    As the new school year gets underway, Jewish educators are making decisions regarding how best to teach about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Most begin with the premise that Jewish students should learn to support Israel and defend its government. Throughout the year,...

  • Why some public school parents are switching to Jewish day schools

    August 28, 2015 | 1:28 pm

    When Ali Martell’s eldest daughter reached school age, Martell and her husband both assumed she’d go to a Jewish day school, as they had.

    And for a while, she did. But after the couple’s two younger children started school, too, the Martells began to feel overburdened by tuition....

  • Natalie Portman should be commended, not criticized

    August 28, 2015 | 9:27 am

    Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman clearly hit a nerve when, in a recent interview with the British newspaper, The Independent, she questioned the validity of the type of Holocaust education she had received growing up.

    “I think a really big question the Jewish community needs...

  • Fundraising program for day schools meets goal

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    June 17, 2015 | 1:45 pm

    Five local day schools have collected more than 21 million ways to make Jewish education more affordable in Los Angeles.

    A multiyear program to raise cash endowments and focus on tuition assistance called the Los Angeles High School Affordability Initiative finally met its goal...

  • Brazil Jewish schools conclude first national conference

    March 13, 2015 | 2:16 pm

    Brazil’s Jewish communities held their first national conference for the faculty of the country’s approximately 20 major Jewish schools.

    Titled “National Encounter for Jewish Schools,” the two-day event’s opening session in Sao Paulo Sunday was attended by representatives from 18...

  • Portland preschool pushes boundaries of Jewish outdoors education

    December 29, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Even on a cold, gray and rainy morning, the children from the Gan Shalom Collaborative School are outside, seated under a wood-framed shelter topped by corrugated plastic.

    With their teacher, Sarabel Eisenfeld, they grate potatoes for latkes, then cup their hands beside their...

  • What should be done about the (Orthodox) rise and (non-Orthodox) decline of Jewish day schools?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2014 | 4:25 am

    Last week the Avi-Chai foundation released its fourth report on Jewish day schools in America, and the headlines following it focused mostly on the one obvious reality the report highlights: Jewish day schools are doing great, the number of schools and students is growing and is...

  • 5 Educators awarded Pomegranate Prize

    November 12, 2014 | 9:36 am

    Five American Jewish educators have received the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize.

    Established in 2011, the annual Pomegranate Prize recognizes emerging leaders in Jewish education who have been in the field for 10 years or less. Each of the winners receives $15,000 to...

  • The Judaism in Transition exchange, part 3: Can we make do with fewer Jews?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 17, 2014 | 4:09 am

    Carmel U. Chiswick is Research Professor of Economics at George Washington University. A founding member of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture and a former officer of the Association for the Social-Scientific Study of Jewry, she has written...

  • The Judaism in Transition exchange, part 2: Is the decline in Jewish human capital stoppable?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 3, 2014 | 4:03 am

    Carmel U. Chiswick is Research Professor of Economics at George Washington University. A founding member of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture and a former officer of the Association for the Social-Scientific Study of Jewry, she has written...

  • As school resumes, how to talk to children about the Gaza war

    August 18, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    With the new school year nearly upon us, Jewish educational leaders are scrambling to prepare their teachers to discuss this summer’s Gaza War. The most pressing challenge is to design age-appropriate conversations: At which grade level might classroom discussions include...

  • Boys to men: Jewish education helps prepare kids for life

    August 6, 2014 | 3:25 pm

    Raising three boys to be well-rounded, menschy men isn’t easy, and I admit to making one or two mistakes (per hour) in my efforts to guide my sons toward actions that reflect soulfulness, integrity and compassion.

    As my children grow, so do my expectations of their accountability...

  • Jim Joseph Foundation awards $7.8 million for Jewish education projects

    March 25, 2014 | 9:18 am

    The Jim Joseph Foundation awarded $7.8 million in its latest round of grants for Jewish educational efforts in the United States.

    The largest grants from the San-Francisco-based foundation include $1.4 million to Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston over four years...

  • Ethics of Jewish education

    July 9, 2013 | 10:21 am

    It is well known that at a bar or bat mitzvah, the parents say the blessing, "Blessed is he who has now freed me from responsibility for this child." At first glance, this looks to be a very awkward thing to say to a 12- or 13-year old child, that we want to rid ourselves of our...

  • The Plague of Exclusion

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 19, 2013 | 11:55 pm

    I’ve been getting the sad stories via email, direct messages on Facebook, and over Kiddush at shul—mothers sharing with me that their child with mild special needs has been asked to leave a Jewish school/camp or other setting. What’s so astonishing is that these are mostly kids...

  • Groups tout youth grants

    February 27, 2013 | 12:58 pm

    As the Jim Joseph Foundation, a San Francisco-based foundation that focuses on Jewish education, wraps up three major grants in the Los Angeles area, its beneficiaries are touting their programs’ successes as models for Jewish funding.

    One such grant, the High School...

  • LINK to daylong learning

    January 9, 2013 | 12:58 pm

    On any given night, upward of 75 Jewish men and women cram into a building at 1453 S. Robertson Blvd. to study Torah, discuss religious texts and educate themselves on what it means to live a Jewish life.

    From sunup to sundown, they come and they learn and they pray — just a day...

  • 8 tips for an accessible Chanukah

    December 3, 2012 | 11:37 am

    Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, a Boston-based agency for Jewish special education, is offering eight suggestions from experts for a Chanukah celebration that is child friendly and fully accessible for children with special learning needs:

    1. As Jewish parents and...

  • Baltimore Diary: An instrumentalist case for Tikkun Olam

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 13, 2012 | 9:39 am

    After a couple of weeks of mostly political coverage, I'm once again surrounded by Jewish professionals and activists at the Baltimore General Assembly of the North American Jewish Federations. On Tuesday, I will be speaking in two panels - one on Israelis abroad and one about...

  • Gifted diaspora teens

    November 8, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Growing up in Los Angeles, Asaf Shasha, then 16, had everything a teenager could want: a loving family, good friends and a comfortable home. 

    Still, Shasha couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more to life than the fancy gadgets prized by the kids at his Jewish day school....

  • Reimagining religious school

    November 8, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    From my first interview at Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) in 2009, when the search committee declared, “We want revolution, not evolution!” to the visioning work I do with families today, my purpose at the congregation has been clear: to help families build deeper relationships...

  • Day school affordability

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    November 8, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    In religious Jewish communities, the affordability of day schools is one of the most discussed social challenges. Supporting vibrant, successful, viable Jewish day schools is no less than supporting the Jewish future — our children are our future, and the values we demonstrate and...

  • LimmudLA honors founders

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    LimmudLA honored its founders, Linda Fife and Shep Rosenman, in an evening of dinner, music and study on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.

    LimmudLA is the local outlet of an international model of interdisciplinary, interdenominational, no-boundaries...

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